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Honoring a visionary leader of IMC USA

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC, Thursday, May 23, 2013
Michael Shays, CMC, FIMC, a past chair of the Institute, was honored at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon with a life membership. Michael’s contributions include:
  • obtained financing from Price Waterhouse to develop a video on IMC
  • oversaw the Journal of Management Consulting and the organization’s newsletter
  • introduced a written ethics exam
The author of our IMC USA history1described the significance of his contributions in this way: "His term of office set a standard in communication, visibility, and leadership for subsequent presidencies.”

Perhaps his own words, from one of his many newsletters, best illustrate Michael’s leadership and vision.

What are our values for IMC? The difficulty is, the elected leaders of this organization move on before basic beliefs can be established and mechanisms can be put in place to reinforce them from Board to Committee, Region to Chapter, CMC to Associate. These beliefs help us to find common cause with one another. What should they be?
  • In the American free enterprise system and the right of anyone to practice as a management consultant.
  • In the professionalism of management consulting, and in the obligation of those who practice to strive for excellence and to adhere to the code of ethics of their profession.
  • That certification should be rigorous and a mark of the very best in our profession and that certification carries the obligation to continually strive for self-development.
  • That the Institute must represent and serve a broad spectrum of professional management consultants through resolute and selfless leadership whether or not these professionals are members of the Institute, and that this leadership must be exercised in concert with, and respect for, other associations in our professional community.
  • That the future of our profession rests on the shoulders of those coming after us, and on our commitment to cultivate the art and standards of management consulting in their practice.
  • That the value of the Institute has to its members is directly related to the involvement, participation, and contribution of each of its members.
  • That the health of the Institute depends on the frequency, openness, and effectiveness of our communications with each other.
These are only seven [beliefs]. On the surface they may sound like so much institutional rhetoric, but they are very real and meaningful to me. There is no magic to them. They are fundamental. They tell me:
  • We are not protecting our exclusive right to practice.
  • We do not compromise excellence or integrity.
  • High standards in certification are more important than growth in membership.
  • We serve our entire professional community without selfish interests.
  • The energy of the Institute comes from the individual member.
  • We must keep the network open.
While many things have changed since Michael’s term as chair, our values and our vision have not changed –we continue to be THE community of professional consultants who define excellence and advance ethics for the management consulting profession.

Please join me in honoring Michael for his contributions to our Institute. For more information about the history of IMC USA, visit our website.

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Roberta Guise says...
Posted Friday, May 24, 2013
Kudos Michael. You're one of the revered people I look up to in this community of management consultants.
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Michael E. Cohen CMC MBA says...
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I don’t know what the criteria or benefits for this special honor are, but from what I know about Mike Shays, few, if any, people could deserve this honor more than him.The last person I recall so honored was my former partner at Booz Allen, Ed Hearle, about 20 or so years ago. I did not know Mike well, But my impression is that he is one of the really oustanding people of IMC and the management consulting profession.

By the way, Lorinae, can you kindly share the criteria and benefits for this special honor and membership category? Regards,

Michael E. Cohen, MBA, CMC Emeritus
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